WELLINGTON | Eating my way around the windy city

Mum was in Wellington for a girls trip so I decided to tag along and see a new city and get a glimpse at what life would be like with four mums. We wandered around the city, ate at Crabshack, browsed the shops and then got the cable car up the mountain and walked back through the botanic gardens. We ate some more food, watched Bridesmaids after dinner and slept soundly.

The next day it was just mum and I so we had breakfast at Sweet Mothers Kitchen, visited Te Papa museum and saw the most beautiful Gallipoli exhibition. We had dinner at the Matterhorn to celebrate my birthday early. We then had the most delicious cocktail at this cute bar called the Library. Our last day together was spent being sad that we would have to be separated again, eating more food and having a beer. 

A short, but very sweet escape to a new city with my mum as an early birthday present. It hit the spot <3.

QUEENSTOWN 2016

Each year Ferg's family goes on a holiday together to Queenstown to Ski. Last year was my first time joining them and I tagged along again this year. 

When checking in for my flight I realised that I had been placed in the emergency row, which means extra leg room. When I asked to change seats, the desk clerk was pretty puzzled as to why I would give up a seat that some people pay extra money for. I explained that I wanted to see the view but she still didn't seem to get it, completing my request regardless. Flying into Queenstown is a somewhat terrifying experience if you are a semi-nervous flyer. As the captain announces that it's time to prepare for the descent, you put up your tray table and fasten your seatbelt, putting up the window shade only to reveal a giant mountain right there in the window. The captain skillfully navigates the plane right through mountain ranges, so close you can see the details in the snow covered rocks and lands in a tiny town. Last time I flew in, I had booked the 7am flight so I could see the mountains in a beautiful sunrise, the cloud lit up in pink, but the weather wasn't as clear this time. The skies were moody, dark and brooding, but quickly cleared later that day. 

We hastily made our way up the mountain and I managed to squeeze in 4 days of skiing in my short break between shoots back in Auckland. We stayed at Millbrook in Arrowtown which is such a pretty place to be! Little ducks greeted us each morning and evening and we could see the mountains from our window. They also have an amazing spa open to guests which is heaven after a long day of skiing. 

We took one day off to rest our legs and explore the area a little more. Ferg and I hired a car and had my favourite breakfast at Joes garage; the Joker roll. We then drove out to Paradise, which is a little further than Glenorchy. It was pretty beautiful in the plains between the ice capped mountains, but my favourite part was the beautiful forest. We wanted to take photos during a pretty sunset but weren't as lucky as the previous year. We were hoping for something each day we were there but mother nature didn't treat us until the final evening before we were meant to get our flight. We quickly made a dash up the Remarkables before boarding our plane back to Auckland. 

Sydney trip

Before moving to Auckland, I booked tickets to go back to Sydney for my sister's 30th. It was going to be a surprise but I got a booking for a wedding the weekend before in Sydney, so thought it was cruel to keep my presence in the country for a week a secret so I spilled the beans. I was kind of feeling like I didn't really live in Auckland yet because I was going back for a visit and now that i'm back here, I really live here...... weird logic but hey, thats how my head works sometimes. 

I got to see a few people, but definitely didn't get to spend enough time with everyone. On the Saturday when I arrived I went with mum to check out the wedding location and plan where I would take the couple for photos. Mum posed for some portraits below. I shot the wedding on Sunday, then in the evening did a portrait session, then a few days later flew up north to see my childhood friend Ash who just had a baby in Yamba. We took some photos, reminisced and marvelled at where life has brought us. Again, some of these images are below. 

Once I got back to Sydney there was just enough time to make a cake and prepare my sister's 30th. It was a really beautiful evening with lots of her friends from uni and work coming to have a drink and a dance. There was a lovely moment when I was the perfect level of drunk and I was dancing with my mum, dad, brother, sister and brother in law to Gemma's favourite 80's hits. The next day we all went to breakfast then everyone slowly left. Cris went off to Uni. Gems and Aaron went home. Mum left for the airport to visit family in the UK and then suddenly it was just me and dad left in the house and it was time for me to head back to Auckland. Visiting home is such a tease. I got to spend time with just a fraction of my friends and remember all the reasons why I love that city, and then it was time to head home. Alas!

Also, I almost forgot but I dyed my hair brown! I went back to my normal hair dresser because I was too scared to get someone new to do it. I have fully adjusted now to being a brunette. 

Here are some images I took along the way during my time in Sydney. 

Bushwalk in Karekare

We went for a walk on the long weekend. It was lovely and so was the sunset. #NewZealandLandscape photos in this post. Have a look see. 

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ROTARUA: New Zealand Travel Photographer

In early January we visited Rotarua. The weather was overcast, but the thermal springs we lovely and relaxing. We visited the Polynesian Spa, Wai-o-tapu village, and our favourite Waikite Thermal Pools. We opted for private spas which was worth it to have no kids splashing around. At Waikite we had lunch at their cafe which was really good! The mist rolling through the trees was my favourite and I'm going to print some of these images as they're so atmospheric!

Rangitoto Island - Auckland Photographer

Over summer we had hoped to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing but the weather was going to be too bad so instead we opted for the Rangitoto Island Hike. Rangitoto Island is an extinct volcano made from volcanic rock. You hop on a ferry from Britomart and make the short journey across to the Island. The climb to the summit is easy and about an hour to the top. We had an explore around the summit looking at disused bunkers and some very interesting caves before needing to head back to the ferry before the weather turned. We did this walk on the last day of the year and it was a nice time to reflect on the year that was. Luckily we got back to the city in the nick of time as a huge storm rolled in just in time to see the New Year in with a bang, and fallen trees and lots of debris!

SUMMER BEACH HOLIDAY - New Zealand Photographer

Summer in New Zealand was largely spent by the sea. We went on long walks, swam in some beautiful beaches on enjoyed the good weather while it lasted. 

PLANE - Auckland Photographer

Back when I lived in Sydney, I would make frequent trips to Auckland to visit Ferg and spend time getting to know the city I would make a home in. The lights on planes and through the window always feel nostalgic and special to me. 

NEW ZEALAND WINTER | Queenstown and Auckland

My Boyfriend moved to New Zealand in April and it's pretty hard living in different countries.
I flew to New Zealand to visit him and go skiing. I completely fell in love with skiing and him even more. 

We hung out in Auckland for two days then headed down to Queenstown to spend some time together before his family arrived. It was kind of weird being around someone again after time apart but after about 5 minutes I couldn't remember being without him.

We flew into Queenstown as the sun was rising which is both beautiful and terrifying as you fly in through the mountains. I would totally recommend anyone booking a flight to arrive as the sun is rising and getting a window seat!


We spent about 6 days on the slopes which I totally loved. He had to go back to Auckland for work when I went skiing for the first time. His mum walked up and down the kiddy track teaching me to do snow ploughs and turns. His Dad then took me on some starter slopes, showing me where the good bits of snow are, how to avoid other people and how to put my weight over my toes, propelling myself down the mountain. His sister and her friends took me on some slopes and we made a pretty cute bunch of snow bunnies all together. When it was finally time for my boyfriend to teach me, his family already had! It was pretty lovely for everyone to spend so much time and patience helping a noob like me!

Once Ferg came back, we went skiing some more and visited Milford Sounds which is the most beautiful place ever! Huge mountains spring out of the water and a delicate cool mist covered the horizon creating this really beautiful, eerie feeling.

The drive there is pretty dangerous as you have to go THROUGH A MOUNTAIN, but luckily Ferg is a good driver!

Most of these Images are from our travels in the car, where we stayed (Milbrook Resort; SO BEAUTIFUL) or Auckland. 

Every time I visit New Zealand I fall in love with it in a new way. 

 

NEW ZEALAND | Green Volcanoes

While I was in Auckland over the easter break I went up some amazing volcanoes. They are grown over with lush green grass, you can drive up some of them (what I did). Growing up in Sydney, I have never seen anything like this! 

NEW ZEALAND | Easter Break

Over the Easter break I took a plane to Auckland and drove around the north island. The coffee was excellent, the weather was beautiful and I was so relaxed. I took the chance to shoot the more mundane moments of my trip and focus on spontaneous photography instead of the planned stuff I do day-today.